10 Fun Things to Try in the Valley

Author: Angela Batchelor
Posted: Monday, January 04, 2010

Across the Hudson Valley, you can find 101 things to do whether you're an adventurous person or not. So for the New Year instead of setting resolutions to lose weight, to get organized or to save money (not that those issues are not important) add a bit of spice to your life and try some new fun things.


Go Bowling: Saugerties, Ellenville, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Beacon and Fishkill have bowling alleys for the novice and expert bowler. Simply go to your local bowling alley, rent a lane and a pair of shoes that fit comfortably as possible. Find a ball that fits your fingers. Then step up to the dots on the floor (the approach) and line yourself up using the approach and send your ball down the lane in hopes of a strike.


Try Rollerskating: Try some fun on wheels or blades at the Roller Magic in Hyde Park, Wood n Wheel in Port Ewen or Skate Time 209 in Accord. If you’re a novice take skating lessons. Once at the roller rink, rent skates or bring your own. Slip them on and head to the wooden floor. Place feet in “V” position, heels together, toes apart. Keep your body upright and don’t look down. Bend your knees slightly. Arms out. March using small baby steps. Lift your knees, keeping your feet in the “V” position. Do not attempt to slide the skates; roll will happen if your feet are properly placed. Pushing occurs by pushing your skate out to the side, not to the back as in walking.


Ice skate: Glide on the ice at McCann’s Ice Arena Skating Rink in Poughkeepsie or IceTime in Newburgh. Ice skating is great exercise. Again you can rent or bring your own. But remember to wear warm clothes and protective gear, helmet, gloves and elbow pads just in case you fall. And if you do fall, tuck in your hands and legs to prevent other skaters from running them over. Grace and coordination come with practice.


Try rock climbing: Scale a wall indoors or out at the Inner Wall in New Paltz. If you have your own gear (shoes, harness and chalk bag) bring it, if not you can rent. The climb is all about the footwork; feet first, arms second. Bring a friend for belaying, when someone holds the rope with a friction device to keep the climber safely climb the wall. No age limit or strength skill required. For the outdoors person, rock or ice climbing at Shawangunk and Catskill Mountains otherwise known as “The Gunks” is another option. Plan an excursion with Mountain Skills Climbing Guides, Inc.; call 845-853-5450 or visit www.mountainskills.wordpress.com.


Enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing (or even hiking): Go on scheduled day hikes every Saturday and Sunday in January and February with the Wild Earth Adventures hiking club. Visit www.wildearthadventures.com or call 845-357-3380. You can choose from five levels of hiking fitness, from easy to strenuous. The club sponsors about 140 hikes every year in the tri-state area. Enjoy Tiorati Brook and Lake Skenonoto located in Harriman State Park or a trek at Bear Mountain State Park to name a few. Fees vary and all ages (7 years and older) are welcome. You don’t have to bring own equipment but can rent from local ski centers.


Angela Batchelor is a freelance in Fishkill, NY.

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